100,000 jobs in Japan open to Pinoys — Bello

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 18, 2019   •   7854

A Japanese flag (Image courtesy to Reuters)

Out of the 350,000 job opportunities that Japan will open to foreign nationals next month, 100,000 may likely be allotted to Filipino workers, the Department of Labor said on Sunday (March 17).

“Our workers may get at least 30 percent of available jobs for foreign nationals,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said.

A memorandum of cooperation that will provide a framework for the deployment of “specified skill workers” is set to be signed in Tokyo on Tuesday between the labor department of the Philippines and Japan’s Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice, Health, Labor and Welfare and the National Police Agency.

“This agreement, aside from providing better opportunities, is geared toward ensuring their protection by means of implementing a basic framework that will promote smooth and proper mechanisms in sending, accepting, and residence management of incoming specified skilled workers in Japan,” Bello said.

Industries in need of skilled workers include health care, building maintenance, food services, industrial machinery, electronics, food manufacturing, agriculture, hospitality, construction, shipbuilding, fisheries and aquaculture, parts and tooling and aviation.

The agreement defines specified skilled workers as those who have a degree of skill or expertise in the field they applied for and have been granted a residence status of “specified skilled worker” by the Japanese government.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will process their accreditation while the Philippine Labor Overseas Labor Office (POLO) – Japan will verify the documents of workers.

The National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) will manage the reintegration of specified skilled workers returning to the Philippines. —Aileen Cerrudo

Tokyo residents welcome end of state of emergency

UNTV News   •   May 26, 2020

People in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday (May 26) woke up to their first day with loosened social distancing curbs, after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted the state of emergency for all areas in the country on Monday (May 25).

Tokyo and the three surrounding prefectures, as well as Hokkaido were the last remaining areas under emergency.

Many residents welcomed the government’s decision to end the emergency, though most said they are still alert for the virus since more people are out on the streets.

“I’m still a bit worried. There may be a second wave of an epidemic so we still need to be alert,” said 45-year-old Naoto Furuki who said the trains were a lot more crowded with commuters this morning.

With the emergency order lifted, Tokyo will move into “stage one” of loosening restrictions, allowing libraries and museums to reopen, and restaurants to stay open until later in the evening. Subsequent stages would see theatres, cinemas and fairgrounds reopen.

Company employee Daisuke Tominaga is happy that the emergency state is over, saying that the Japanese economy will collapse if businesses and people have to continue to live under restrictions.

“I want to go out drinking and attend concerts,” he said enthusiastically.

Many shops and restaurants have restarted operations since the government began lifting the emergency in rural and suburban areas earlier this month, but some stores remain closed. (Reuters)

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DOLE: Workers get double pay on May 25

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Employees who will work on Monday (May 25) will receive double pay, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

In an advisory, the Labor Department said employees who will work during the Feast of Ramadhan or Eid’l Fitr holiday will receive 200% of their regular salary for the first eight hours and an additional 30% of their hourly rate for overtime.

Employees who will not work on the said holiday will still receive 100% of their salary.

The advisory also stated, some companies “defer the payment of the holiday pay until such time that the national health emergency is abated and normal business operations are resumed.”

Meanwhile, establishments that have ceased operations during the community quarantine period are exempted from the payment of the holiday. AAC

More mobile rooms built at CCP Complex —Sec. Villar

Maris Federez   •   May 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Shipping containers purpose-built into mobile rooms have already been deployed at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex in Pasay City, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

According to the agency’s Facebook page, the high cube containers converted into mobile rooms can be used as additional coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) isolation health facilities.

Sec. Mark Villar further said these may also function as alternative living quarters to temporarily house medical doctors and staff on duty at hospitals or at mega quarantine facilities operating at the PICC, the World Trade Center, and the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

“These rooms can provide some relief to hospital workers who are tirelessly serving as frontliners against COVID-19,” the DPWH chief said.

“Ten 20-foot long shipping containers are at the CCP complex undergoing final refurbishing works by the DPWH National Capital Region headed by Director Ador Canlas,” he added.

Based on the department’s design plans, a 20-footer container can be divided into four (4) fully-airconditioned rooms for sleeping with separate toilet and bath, and aluminum window frame for proper ventilation.

The 10 units of shipping containers can accommodate a total of 40 individuals.

“More than providing facilities for sleeping, medical personnel need not travel from hospitals and/or health facilities to their residences putting at risk the health and safety of their respective families due to their regular exposure to COVID-19 patients,” Villar said.

“The location of CCP is very strategic. It is close to quarantine facilities as well as level 2 and level 3 hospitals. This will serve as prototype for accommodation rooms for health care workers as well as PUIs and PUMs,” he concluded.

The department’s health facility project is in collaboration with the Villar Group of Companies. — /mbmf

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